Mary and Joseph travel to Bethlehem- Hugo van der Goes
Christmas Eve is only two days away!
All the kitschy, kitschy, ya, ya, build up will culminate in the Sacred Nativity of Our Lord ... The pre-Christmas season, Advent, is filled with prayerful wonder and joy ... and sometimes, great saddness.
And then, and then, and then Christmas comes, Christmas begins!
Don't forget those who have had their homes and livelihoods destroyed by weather, sickness, depression, poverty, homelessness, terror, and war. How does the Birth of Jesus impact those who sorrow? We can't forget or distance ourselves from that. I wonder if that's one meaning one might take away from the Gospel passage, "keep salt in your hearts" [Mk. 9:50]?
The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold,
I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.
- Luke 2:10